Sunday, September 05, 2010
So I faced the music the other day and changed my weight loss ticker to reflect the truth. My official goal is 130 pounds and honestly folks, I have been there. Not only was I there, but I actually stayed there for awhile.
It would occasionally creep up a little -- 2 or 3 pounds -- and I wouldn't get too concerned. After all we all know how little things like eating a salty meal can make you retain that much fluid, right? More muscle from the strength training! Not enough fiber the past few days? Break out the Kashi and I'll lose it.
No need to go in so frequently to change the ticker JUST to turn around and lower it again.
So ok it's a little more than 2 or 3 pounds now. BUT I'm eating like a "normal person" for once! (Has anyone actually ever figured out just what eating like a normal person means?)
I'm beginning to think that 130 is an unrealistic goal for me. 140 may just be my "set point". Yeah the size 2's are unwearable. A few of the 4's are getting snug -- that stationary bike is making my legs big! I'm a consistent exerciser so do I HAVE to eat like a saint?
Let's face it -- can I really track my nutrition the rest of my life? Do I need too?
I read a blog the other day from a friend on one of my teams who is about four pounds from her goal where she basically expressed all these feelings and said that she felt good about herself so why not stay where she was?
Then I noticed one little sentence --
"I haven't lost any weight because my eating habits have not been wonderful"
That hit me like a ton of bricks! I hastened to tell her DON'T DO IT, IT'S A TRICK!
I should know because I've been there. The thing about reaching my goal was that I was eating healthy. Staying within my calorie range. Everything balanced - not too much fat. Plenty of whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables.
I FELT GREAT!!
Not because I weighed 130 - although that was a mental kick. It was because that's what I weigh when I exercise AND eat right. Bottom line. Now it might be a different story if I ate just like I should and still weighed a little more, but that isn't my case.
I am no longer maintaining. I need to lose. 10 pounds - which may not sound like much but I swear that those last 10 pounds can be the most challenging because it IS tempting to be sick of being so strict and get sloppy with the eating habits.
I need to track my nutrition each and every single day. I figure if I aim for the bottom of my calorie range and keep exercising I'll lose and get back down to my goal.
I've gone back to the Spark diet and reread all the stages and repeated some of the early worksheets.
I'm going weigh once a week on Mondays so I have even more incentive to behave on the weekends. I'll track my weight every Monday night on SP. Rain or shine. Gain or lose.
MY ticker will be truthful----
How bout yours??